Write protection in any media is a security feature that prevents unauthorized access to the data stored on the device. That means we can’t delete, copy, paste, or cut any content of that drive. Also, the files saved on the USB Pendrive will not even get formatted.

It will display the error message like “Disk is Write Protected” or “Remove The Write Protection or Use another USB”. These errors usually appear due to write protection on our Pendrive or SD cards.

How to Remove Write Protection From Your USB Or SD Card

There are many ways to remove write protection from your USB or SD Card. So, in this article, we are going to share a few best methods to remove write protection from your USB drive or SD card.

1. Check Device For Virus

Check Device For Virus

Sometimes, viruses and malware trigger the write protection on USB drives or SD cards. This thing is done to restrict users from removing the virus filled files or software. So, if you haven’t enabled the write protection on your PenDrive, then you need to scan it with an Antivirus. For a complete list of the best antivirus, check out this article Best Antivirus For PC.

2. Check the Write Protection Button

Checking Write Protection Button

Many USB devices come with a write protection button. If this button is turned on, then you can’t copy, paste, or delete the data stored on the device. Simply, turn off the write protection switch to remove the write protection from the USB drive.

3. Ensure The USB Drive Isn’t Full

USB flash drives often show Write protection errors due to insufficient storage. To check out if your drive is full or not, open Windows Explorer right-click on your USB drive, and select Properties.

Check To Ensure The USB Drive Isn't Full

The properties section will show you the File system along with Storage capacity. If your disk space is full, you need to remove some files to avoid the Write Protect error.

4. Check For Individual Files

Mostly the write protect error occurs because of a single file that is marked as “read-only”. That single file can upset you. If any of your files are set to read-only mode, then you can’t just delete that file. In return, the single file can deny a full format.

Check For Individual Files

Locate the file that is undeletable and then right-click on it and select Properties. At the bottom of the panel, under attributes, you will find the Read-only option; make sure to uncheck the “Read Only” box.

5. Using the Command Prompt

In this method, we will remove write protection from Pendrive using commands in Cmd. This will fully remove the write protection of the Pendrive.

1. Click on Start->Cmd. Type Diskpart and press enter.

Execute the 'Diskpart' command

2. Type list disk.

Type in 'list disk' and press Enter button

3. Type select disk 1 and this will select your Sdcard/USB Pendrive.

Select the disk

4. Now type attributes disk clear readonly and press enter.

Execute the above command

Now exit from cmd and format your Sdcard/USB Pendrive. This will remove write protection from your SD card or Pendrive.

6. Using Registry Editor

In this method, we will edit some registry values of the computer as when they are overwritten for some reason, our media can show an error message of Write Protection.

1. Open the RUN dialog box. On the RUN dialog box, enter Regedit and click on Ok.

Enter 'Regedit'

2. Now follow up this path in Registry Editor


3. There you will find the write protection option. Just click on it and set its value to 0.

Set the value of Write Protect to '0'

That’s it! you are done. By this, the default value of the write protection register will be changed, and the write protection will permanently be removed from that media device.

What If You Didn’t Find StorageDevicePolicies?

If you can’t find StorageDevicePolicies in Registry Editor, then you can create a key. For that, you need to head over to Registry Editor and follow this path



Browse to the given path

Here you need to right-click on the white space in the control folder choose New>Key and carefully enter the name StorageDevicePolicies.

Create a new key with 'StorageDevicePolicies' name

Now double-click on the newly created folder, right-click, and then choose New>DWORD. Name it WriteProtect, and set its value to 0. Click OK, exit Regedit, and make sure to restart your computer.

7. Turn Off Bitlocker Partition in Windows

Well, if you have enabled the BitLocker encryption on your hard drive partition, then you will get write protection errors.

So, in this method, you need to turn off the BitLocker partition in Windows to remove Write protection from USB or SD Card. Follow, some of the simple steps given below to turn off BitLocker Partition in Windows 10.

1. First of all, open My Computer and then right-click on any of the storage devices and select the option Manage BitLocker.

Select the option 'Manage BitLocker'

2. Now on the BitLocker Drive Encryption page, you need to turn off the BitLocker for the USB or SD Card.

Click on 'Turn off Bitlocker'

3. Now you need to wait for few minutes until Bitlocker decrypts your storage device.

Wait until BitLocker decrypts the drive

4. Once done, you will see a screen like below. If it shows BitLocker off then you have successfully decrypted the drive.

Turn Off Bitlocker Partition in Windows

That’s it, you are done! This is how you can turn off the BitLocker partition to remove write protection from your USB or SD Cards.

So, these are the best methods to remove write protection from USB. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also.



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